Emerging Talents’ Tracks Round-Up: My September 2022 Picks

Welcome to the September 2022 edition of Emerging Talents’ Tracks Round-Up, where each month I pick three songs from different artists and briefly review them!

All artists were selected and contacted on Musosoup. If you’re an artist and would like to know how to submit your track/EP/album/music video on Musosoup, check my referral link right here.

“I Should Just Shut Up” – Yana Rose

“I Should Just Shut Up” is a brutally honest ballad that will keep you hypnotized from start to finish. Michigan-born singer-songwriter Yana Rose started working on it after she moved to Los Angeles as a musician, overwhelmed by all the changes that happened in her life.

“All at once it felt like the weight of existing along with all my insecurities culminated into this song,” Yana said.

The track starts with Yana singing over piano chords until some rhythmic elements kick in to better define the tempo and melodies are layered over each other, making the song even more eargasmic.

Yana’s vocals are hauntingly beautiful and heartfelt, conveying all the insecurities that people as young as her experience daily: lines like “I’ve said too much / I shouldn’t open up / I’m not ungrateful / I should just shut up” express this sense of not belonging to a certain environment. Finally, her writing style is very informal, as if she’s sharing the intrusive thoughts that are occupy her head when she feels overwhelmed by everything.

Instagram: @yanarosemusic

“The Art of InnoSINce” – GIGSY

GIGSY‘s “The Art of InnoSINce” is a gothic electro-pop song that faithfully reflects these rebellious times we’re living in right now.

Going beyond this apocalyptic façade, the lyrics to the track are incredibly down-to-earth: advocating for gay and reproductive rights, among other issues, GIGSY is strongly rooted in reality and ready to go to war to defend her ideas. Not literally of course.

The unapologetic feel of the song reminds me of Kae Tempest’s album Let Them Eat Chaos, and especially their song “Europe Is Lost:” both tracks are explicitly political and conceptually loud, expressing urgent views about society and culture.

As if the already-pretty-heavy instrumental wasn’t enough, a distorted voice doubles the artist’s vocals on some key lines. The artist effortlessly switches from one style to the other: normal singing to whispering to high-pitched vocals.

This is a song of contrasts, as the title suggests: innocence is just an illusion and sins are a part of it. Given the political nature of the song, I believe it refers to how some conservatives claim to be defending the innocent (the unborn, for instance) while they’re affecting the lives of many other people that are suffering right now. But this is just my guess.

I’m curious to check out more of GIGSY’s discography and see what she’ll drop from now on.

Instagram: @iamgigsy

“Groove” – Crisworld

Crisworld be groovin’ in his new track “Groove.” The rapper’s voice is the chillest thing you’ll hear today, matching the overall vibe of the track.

“Groove” starts with some sample vocals that will make a comeback towards the end. I love rap songs whose instrumentals incorporate this element as it makes the final product more enjoyable and catchy.

Crisworld’s Soundcloud-like vocals are doubled just in the right spots and I love how he uses his voice in the chorus: it’s not exactly a sung chorus, but when he goes slightly higher, he succeeds in making the song less repetitive. His attempts of singing also embellish the chorus making it distinctive.

His voice and flow also reminds me a lot of Joji’s rapping voice: masculine yet delicate, sensual yet firm. I’m excited to see how his style develops in future releases.

Lyric-wise, it’s like the artist is writing a letter to his love interest, talking about his issues and his artistic ambitions: “I feel anxiety still gets the best of me when I’m feeling confident,” he raps.

Instagram: @criswrld

Cover image credits: @yanarosemusic / Instagram


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